Powers 12 John’s Lane Release Review

Power's 12 John's Lane Release Review

There’s something about really good Irish whiskey, like this Powers 12 John’s Lane Release, that just makes me happy. Though to be honest I didn’t start out loving this one. This is one of those whiskeys that it took a couple of drams to grow on me. At first I didn’t see the big fuss, but the more I sipped it the less I liked it and the more I LOVED it. The more amazing it became as the flavors unraveled and it transformed from a water-cooler anecdote to a winding Irish tale with all of the twists and turns slowly being revealed.

The John’s Lane Release is a combination of single pot still whiskey aged in two different types of casks. The majority of the distillate was aged in ex-bourbon casks made from American Oak. To take this to the next level they married it with a bit of single pot still distillate that was aged in ex-sherry casks made from Iberian Oak which gives it a nice little kick of sweetness to balance out the malt.

You might have already guessed it, but overall I love this whiskey. Being a Single Pot Still there is no grain whiskey in this bottle mucking up the sweet malty flavors and there truly is nothing like a well executed single pot still whiskey. Wonderfully balanced with everything working in concert it’s a fantastic sipping experience. Only one word can describes that sweet grassy malty character as it effortlessly glides across the palate… pleasure. What started as a luke warm interest has bloomed into a full blown obsession and I just can’t get enough of it.

Had a dram of the John’s Lane Release? Add your own thoughts in the comments below.

Powers 12 John’s Lane Release Review

ABV: 46%
Price: $70
Distiller: Powers & Sons / Midleton (Jameson)

Golden honey

Malt and silken caramel effortlessly glide out of the glass accompanied by honey, candied fruit, sweet pipe tobacco, fruit cake and something that resembles a sherry sweetness without being a sherry aroma. It’s light and easy while maintaining a very rich character.

Sweet whiskey spice and vanilla move easily across the palate with malt, honey, leather and candied dark fruit coming through. That sweet malty pure pot still character is just astounding here.

Steady as she goes this is a graceful whiskey that has just enough kick to keep things interesting.

A long luxurious finish of candied fruit and malt fades to berries and a bit of sherry.

SCORE: 95/100

Josh Peters

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16 Responses to Powers 12 John’s Lane Release Review

    • I haven’t, its not available in the US yet (CA anyways). but I have been trying to get my hands on some. Have you?

  1. I first want to say how much I enjoy your reviews. I found a bottle of this recently and tried it last night. I am with you that my first take was this is ok. I came back to my glass after it sat awhile and what a different take. This whiskey is something special for sure, absolutely delicious. My second glass was even better. I had to put it away or there would have been a third. I don’t know if I have had many other whiskeys with a nose like this. Well deserving of the 95 score.

  2. I love this stuff. I have just finished my first bottle. I have two more that I bought as soon as I tasted it.

    It is starting to be harder to find over here in NL. I am probably going to buy another reserve bottle while I can. I am curious about something. Do you know by any chance if there have there been multiple releases of this whisky? The Powers site doesn’t say.

    Thanks, Bruce

  3. I recently discovered Single Pot Still Irish and this one is the third I’ve tried. I continue to marvel at the smoothness and depth of the whiskey. Everything a good whiskey should be. No sharp edges. Fragrant and flavorful. The best of the three: Redbreast 12; Green Spot and this.

    Note: currently the 3 whiskies are the only Single Pot Still Irish whiskies available in PA without special ordering.

  4. I’ve been tasting and pondering this one along with and in comparison to the Redbreast 12. They come from the same distillery, they’re both 12 years, they’re both single pot still, both a blend of bourbon and sherry casks, they’re both great, yet I can’t nail down the difference, even though it’s there. Any thoughts?

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